Flying Eagles’ head coach Manu Garba will this week name a provisional 35-man squad ahead of their 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifier in May, an official said on Sunday.
The team’s Media Officer, Samm Audu, said in a statement that competition had been fierce as over 55 players have been slugging it out daily for consideration in the team.
He said the players include those picked from a recent two-week open screening and the 20 players from the country’s FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning squad from last year.
Audu quoted Garba as saying however that the level of competition among the players has been encouraging and Nigerians should expect a few surprises in the final squad.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Flying Eagles are to break camp on Tuesday and regroup on Sunday after a short recess.
They will face the winners of next month’s fixture between Kenya and Tanzania in the second week of May.
They will play the first leg away from home.
NAN reports that Senegal will stage the 2015 AYC in March, while the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be hosted by New Zealand.